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Upper School Blog, Week of August 24

IMPORTANT EVENTS & DATES FOR AUGUST & SEPTEMBER

Parents, please take a moment to mark your calendars. The following are important dates that you do not want to miss:

RECOGNITION

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US Musical Cast List – The Wizard of Oz

Congratulations to these students! Mark your calendar for our US musical, The Wizard of Oz, playing October 26-28.

Dorothy – Amelia S.

Aunt Em – Charlotte C.

Uncle Henry – Tucker K.

Hunk / The Scarecrow – Melissa B.

Hickory / The Tinman – Jackson E.

Zeke / The Cowardly Lion – Brian W.

Miss Gulch – Jessica K.

Professor Marvel / The Wizard of Oz – Abby B.

Glinda the Good Witch of the North – Madison V.

Wicked Witch of the West – Kinsey C.

Guard – Benny E.

General – Lilly Ann B.

Coroner of Munchkinland – Isabella H.

Crows – Mikayla G., Isabella H., Tucker K.

Trees – Audrey D., Gabrielle M., Ana K.

Chorus – Lilly Ann B., Charlotte C., Brooke D., Karis D., Audrey D., Mikayla G., Sage H., Mei H., Isabella H., Ashley I., Tucker K., Ana K., Jessica K., Gabrielle M., Peyton M., Victor N., Kendall P., Taylor S., McKenzie V., Mackenzie W., Faith W.

Lullaby League – Mei H., Kendall P., McKenzie V.

Lollipop Guild / Tots – Lilly Ann B., Karis D., Mackenzie W.

Stage Manager – Carter D.

NEW THIS WEEK

Letter from Mr. Sullivan

Dear Middle and Upper School Parents and Students,

It has been a fantastic first 10 days of school. The link below takes you to a newsletter that highlights the very busy first 10 days of school, please take some time to read and reflect on a wonderful start to the school year. In addition to the below newsletter, I also want to share a few very important reminders with you.

Link: First 10 Days NEWSLETTER

Dress Code Reminder and Expectations

The grace period for dress code infractions has ended. Students are expected to be following the TFA dress code and disciplinary action should be expected for any students out of dress code from now on. Please make sure you are familiar with the expectations according to the Parent Student handbook linked below. Dress code issues that can not be corrected at school may result in your child being sent home.

Drug and Alcohol Agreement Forms and Testing Reminder

All Drug and Alcohol Agreement forms, which is attached, must be turned in to Ms. Gooseman (upper school) or Mrs. Faustino (middle school) no later than Friday, September 8. All students in grades 7-12 are required to have a signed agreement on file. Also, all Upper School students will be drug tested by Quest Diagnostics within the next few weeks and then randomly throughout the year. Middle School students will be randomly drug tested throughout the year.

Links:

Top 15 Things Every Parent Should Know

Full Parent Student Handbook

First 10 Days NEWSLETTER

We appreciate your continued support and partnership.

Sincerely,

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Mr. Garry Sullivan

Middle and Upper School Principal

Raw Footage

Check out this week’s edition of Raw Footage. This is our weekly student-created news, produced by Mrs. Morabito’s TV Production classes.

AP Art Students

AP 3D Studio Art students

Mrs. Collins’ AP Studio Art 3D students showed off their new custom Ceramics aprons before they are covered in clay!

College Visits

If you want to speak to representatives from these colleges, sign up in Naviance to speak to them when they’re on campus.

8/28: The Culinary Institute of America-NY Main Campus
8/29: Grand Canyon University
8/31: Florida Gulf Coast University and University of Notre Dame
9/1: University of Central Florida
9/5: Furman University
9/6: Southern Methodist University
9/7: Mercer University and Rollins College

REMINDERS

Attendance

All attendance notifications and questions should be communicated directly to Ms. Lyn Maxime, Upper School Receptionist. All Upper School students who are tardy to campus must check in with Ms. Maxime in the Upper School office when they arrive at school. You may contact Ms. Maxime concerning your student being tardy or absent at 407-206-8630 or email her at usattendance@thefirstacademy.org.

WT Cafe – New Lunch Program

We are so excited to be partnering with WT Care for our school lunch program. Many of you were able to sample some of the offerings during New Family Orientation. The process for Lower School Instructions for registering your account and adding funds:

Frequently Asked Questions:

  1. What if I had a balance on my “GetFunds” account from last year? Once your account is created in WT Cafe, First Baptist will transfer your funds balance to your new WT account. First Baptist will NOT cut checks and mail them.
  2. What if the site won’t let me register because my email is already in their system? We have run into several instances already where parents cannot register at WTCafe.com because their email is already in the system from when they were a past customer. If this happens, please contact WT Café via their online Chat Helpdesk or via email at orlando@wtcafe.com.
  3. My child is in K4 or TK, are they able to purchase lunch as well? K4 and TK students will have the ability to purchase lunch and it will be delivered to the classrooms as has been done in years past. Please follow the same registration and account funding instructions above.
  4. What if the form asks for a “Teacher Name” when I am trying to register? I don’t know who my child’s teacher is yet. WT Cafe has added an option called “TBD” under TEACHER NAME. Lower School parents should choose this option for now, and then update it later once their teacher assignments are known.
  5. What if my child has food allergies? If your child has food allergies, you will be able to pre-select their allergy-friendly meal by ordering online at WTCafe.com. Children with pre-orders will not be permitted to add A La Carte items to their meals, and their side items will always consist of one fresh fruit and one fresh veggie (no dips, dressings, or sauces will be provided).
  6. Who do I contact if I am having problems setting up my account or adding funds? You can contact WT Cafe on WT Cafe’s online Chat Helpdesk or by email at orlando@wtcafe.com. You can also call the Orlando office at 407-618-5555.

Parent Volunteer Background Check

If you are a new parent and would like to volunteer in your child(ren)’s classroom(s) or chaperone on field trips please complete our free background check. Please note that the background check site only works on Internet Explorer or Firefox on a desktop computer. Safari and Chrome are not supported by the site. Approvals take a few weeks so plan ahead! All parents must have a completed background check before volunteering in the classroom or chaperoning on a field trip.

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